Know Your Rights

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. -Martin Luther King Jr.

Colin Kaepernick is living.  Became a fan of Kaepernick not because of his football skills but because of his anthem protest. TBH, didn’t know who he was until then.   He got hell, football fans were pissed:  How dare he use his position to call attention to the plight of PoC, whose human rights were violated and abused daily?  How dare he publicly  acknowledge police brutality? Or that #BlackLivesMatter?

In support, I decided to sit during the anthem at football games.  While it felt odd as everyone around me stood and some displayed disapproval,  it was liberating to step outside the box of hypocrisy.

Initially, was disappointed  when I read  his Know Your Rights Camp’s Ten-Point Program.  How were granola-bar rights going to help underprivileged  kids with police encounters? Several days later the light bulb went on, these were basic human needs.

For many inner city underprivileged kids, such basic human needs were lacking and not a given. Food, shelter, health and a sense of safety were daily challenges and unmet needs.  Many don’t  know they deserve to be loved and nurtured.

Inspired by the Black Panthers’ “Ten-Point Program” (per the Daily News), Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights (per Washington Post):

1. You have the right to be free.

2. You have the right to be healthy.

3.  You have the right to be brilliant.

4.  You have the right to be safe.

5.  You have the right be loved.

6.  You have the right to be courageous.

7.  You have the right to be alive.

8.  You have the right to be trusted.

9.  You have the right to be educated.

10.  You have the right to know your rights.

Know Your Rights Camp

 

The Truth

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act. -George Orwell

Colin Kaepernick stood up for the truth and it may have cost him his career.

Today, the truth is viewed as a WMD and is slated for destruction.   While fighting valiantly to be heard, governments silently declared war in the name of national security.  Whose national security?  Not we the people.

The US and other western countries declaration of war on the truth led to a state of misinformation.  No longer can Americans believe their government or mainstream media.  Remember the days when we thought our government sent our children to war so other nations would be free to tell the truth.  Remember? Turns out that was a lie.

It will take a revolution to rescue the truth that is bound, gagged and imprisoned by lies.

 

Colin Kaepernick: How Can I Be Proud Of A Country That Oppresses People Like Me?

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.  -Martin Luther King Jr.

 

If America wants respect, then it’s time for America to respect all its citizens.

Recently, Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers Quarterback, did not stand for the national anthem.

Why? To protest and call attention to dead Black people. The daily unnecessary and arbitrary killing of Black persons and other People of Color,  by police officers sworn to protect and serve all Americans.

Kaepernick said the murder and oppression of Black people were bigger  than football.

Kaepernick wished to call attention to a system of corruption, that not only affects Black sport players, but also their fans.

Murder is murder, right?  No, in the USA, it depends on the color of your skin, your religion,  and your wallet as well as your badge.

Football and other sports fans, and NFL executives, were up in arms. Many angrily protested how dare Colin Kaepernick exercise his constitutional rights? They called him a traitor. They said he insulted the men and women who fought for his freedom.

Yet those fans and NFL executives did not care about the message or the dead Black bodies. They were not interested in a dialogue about change in a system that elevates Whites by oppressing PoC.

For these so-called “patriots”, including news announcers, the message was unimportant because the system of structural racism (which is the foundation of America) is vital for the survival of white supremacy.

Some fans have called Kaepernick a hypocrite, as he has done very well by benefiting from the American Dream. Yet this includes freedom of expression, but fans and some NFL executives seem bent on denying and punishing Kaepernick for exercising his constitutional right.

Fortunately, many of those that really fought for our country’s freedom agree and support Kaepernick’s right and message.  #VeteransForKaepernick

U.S. Veterans Explain Why They’re Standing With Colin Kaepernick:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/veterans-colin-kaepernick_us_57c71aafe4b078581f10ba24

U.S. Veterans Are Coming To Colin Kaepernick’s Defense In Droves:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/veterans-for-kaepernick_us_57c6d704e4b0a22de09325f4

 

Hypocrisy And Double Standards

Then there was Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte who embarrassed his country by committing perjury, plus offending Brazilians. Yet once again, white Americans defended Mr Lochte’s right to conduct criminal activities, by saying he was only 30 years old, a kid who was drunk, to give him a break and make his extreme international embarrassment excusable.

Why? Because he has White privilege, the ultimate hypocrisy and double standard in America that is offensive to justice and getting stronger.

Contrast this with Gabby Douglas, the Black gold medalist Olympian gymnast, who was demonized for not smiling enough or placing her hand over her heart during the National Anthem. White Americans were more angry about her action than those of Ryan Lochte, whose motive was purely selfish and criminal.

There is a reason many Black athletes and other Americans may not want to acknowledge the national anthem. An anthem written by Francis Key Scott to celebrate the victory of Fort McHenry. An anthem that celebrates slavery and was written by a racist slave owner who believed blacks were sub-humans. Would you stand for a song that celebrates your oppression?

Where’s the debate on Francis Scott Key’s Slave-Holding Legacy? Smithsonian

http://buff.ly/2bVO7uj.

Slavery and the national anthem: The surprising history behind Colin Kaepernick’s protest. CNN

http://buff.ly/2bM1N7O

 

The American Dream For People Of Color

Black athletes are reminded they are products of the American dream because of their income, not their liberty,  their freedom or their protection under the American constitution.  A design that considers them second class citizens. One that respects their athletic skills and ability to entertain, but not them as human beings.

At any time, Colin Kaepernick, Gabby Douglas or any other Black celebrity athlete, entertainer or professional can be put in their places as second class citizens and terrorized into submission by police for no other reason but the color of their skin.

As NFL executives  support the Police to shoot first and ask questions later, the next hashtag could be one of their top Black NFL players who appeared to be threatening to a cop.  Why wouldn’t you too take sides and protect your team?

Disappointingly, the NFL executives short sightedness in not fighting for the rights and protection of their players, and Black fan base, make them part of the problem that stole millions of lives under false narratives. In 2015, at least 1,100 people were killed in police custody. As of September 2, 2016, 723 people were killed by police officers.

The Counted: people killed by police in the United States

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database#

Black athletes are unable to voice their concerns of the violence and discrimination that they, their family, friends and culture are subjected to on a daily basis.

Aren’t we all Americans with the same constitutional rights to the American Dream?  Or are we not as many White Americans and many brainwashed Blacks say?

 

Colin Kaepernick Protest

Kaepernick being biracial is deeply affected by police brutality, a violence without accountability or consequences.

Colin Kaepernick is a hero and role model. What he did was a simple gesture of brilliance. Whites may not have heard the message, but the overwhelming majority of People of Color heard and understood.

In his car, Colin Kaepernick knows he too could be stopped for not being White and subjected to demeaning, degrading and dehumanizing behaviors by police officers. Behaviors that could lead to  his imprisonment or even his death.

As Colin pointed out, this problem is bigger than football. I applaud him for risking his career, and life, to raise awareness and call attention to this growing epidemic crisis. Now other Black athletes need to join him and maybe America will finally listen. There are elephants in the room, and unless we stop ignoring them, this country will implode.

Colin Kaepernick is probably more patriotic than his critics because he expects more from this country. He believes this country can live up to its promises that all people are created equal and protected under the constitution.

Kaepernick protests the oppression and murder of people of color by police officers